We've been renters in our violin store space on the corner of Rusk and Delaware for over ten years now. For the past six of those we've been renting the entire first floor so we could provide studio space for teachers and to expand our storage a little.
Then not long ago our landlord said he wanted to retire and sell the building and was nice enough to give us the first crack at it. After a few legal hoops and lots of emails and signatures the building as of today is now ours!
We've had the past few months to contemplate what it would mean to move our business if the sale didn't work out, and frankly there is no place else we would rather be. We're in a residential neighborhood which is just enough off the beaten path I don't have to deal with much distracting foot traffic, it's two blocks from the park by the lake (with its farmers' market in the summers where I can grab a little lunch on Saturdays), close to coffee shops for customers, big windows, lots of free parking, a simple drive to direct people in from downtown, an easy walk from two of my kids' schools and only about a 25 minute walk from home. It's old and charming and friendly and I love it.
I'm really excited. A little nervous because it's a lot more to be responsible for, but overall I think it will be great. This is a new chapter for Korinthian Violins with lots of possibilities. (So if you need a violin please stop by--we have an impressive mortgage to pay!)